Despite all the benefits that Hulu offers, its location-locked content library is a huge bummer. Even though regional-restrictions are commonly associated with almost all major online streaming services, Hulu lags far behind the streaming giant Netflix in popularity due to its availability in the US only. Netflix serves a global community in 180+ countries of the world, however, not the same content is available for everyone. It sure does restrict access to content on the basis of a users’ location but it’s not specifically a US based service like Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Hulu Error 16 is an invalid region code that looks something like this:
If you’re living outside the US, Hulu error 16 simply indicates that the service isn’t available in your current location. However if you’re based in the US and still getting the error, it means that Hulu has detected use of a VPN or proxy.
Online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu are not fond of any tool that hides a users’ real location, simply to prevent access to its content from any prohibited region. Smart DNS proxies are basic, and can be easily detected by Hulu. But Hulu firewall doesn’t just stop there. A number of paid VPN services also fail miserably to go undetected so a free VPN doesn’t even stand a chance.
Hulu doesn’t really have a means to distinguish between a normal IP and a VPN IP because they are really the same. It can only detect and blacklist those IP addresses that have been recurrently used by multiple users to access the service. That’s why VPN services that have a small server network with limited IP addresses get blocked by Hulu.
For people living outside the US, not all hopes are lost. There are still a few VPN services such as PureVPN that can get around the Hulu firewall easily and in turn, ward off the pesky Error 16 from your screen. With a vast network of 2000+ servers and 300,000+ IP addresses, you can border-hop to watch Hulu from anywhere you want without being exposed.
For people living in the US using a VPN or proxy to watch Hulu may try turning it off to see if it resolves the error. Here’s how you can do it:
iOS users who are still getting the error can try the solution below.